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post #11 of 18
The point of what Wattser is asking is so we can see if it's actually utilizing your hardware, or if it's running poorly without using the power available. That screenshot doesn't tell us anything. You'll need to go through the steps to get the utilization information from CPU and GPU.

Also, check to make sure your drivers are completely up-to-date.

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Your CPU is dual-core with four total logical cores. Device manager will show you all logical cores, whereas the other program only shows you the physical cores. So yeah, it's normal.
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Forgive me for not understanding exactly what I should do next as I'm new to this. I've set up the OSD configuration so it knows what to show on the screen. However I don't know how to apply these settings so they could be shown on the screen as I'm playing Borderlands. Some assistance would be appreciated thumb.gif.
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I believe I'm on the right track when applying the statistics to the game but I come up short when I have both OSD and HWiNFO running and attempt to open the game.

Sigh
Edited by Exploit - 7/28/13 at 3:55pm
post #13 of 18
I haven't worked through it, so I can't help you there. Instead of that, you can do it visually. You can try running the game in windowed mode, and just check the Processes tab of your Task Manager (Ctrl-Shift-Escape) and the graph in MSI Afterburner. Just run around in the game tab over to the other screen and screenshot them instead.
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at least it looks like Borderlands. my 2500k's HD3000 couldn't even render the game's visuals fully. frown.gif
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The point of what Wattser is asking is so we can see if it's actually utilizing your hardware, or if it's running poorly without using the power available. That screenshot doesn't tell us anything. You'll need to go through the steps to get the utilization information from CPU and GPU.

Also, check to make sure your drivers are completely up-to-date.

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Your CPU is dual-core with four total logical cores. Device manager will show you all logical cores, whereas the other program only shows you the physical cores. So yeah, it's normal.

That's exactly what I'm trying to get at.

If your CPU and GPU each are only being used at 50% power (arbitrary value), then something is causing the game to not take full advantage of the hardware. This can often be fixed. If either your CPU or GPU is running at 100% while gaming, then it is the bottleneck, and there's nothing we can do about that.

Here's a quick test you can try.

Fire up Borderlands at native resolution (I would guess 1366x768 for a cheap laptop) with minimum settings and watch the FPS counter in FRAPS. Now change the resolution to a very low setting (800x600 should do just fine) with minimum settings and watch the FPS counter.

Does the lower resolution help increase FPS? If so, you likely have a GPU bottleneck. If the FPS stay the same at lower resolution, then you likely have a CPU bottleneck. This isn't a perfect way to test for a bottleneck, but it should help narrow things down.

Also check your temps while gaming. If either of your components get overly hot, they will throttle and reduce performance. That's also a possibility. Keep providing us with more details and we'll try to help you find some extra FPS.
 
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It looks like I'm going to have to disregard the testing with MSI Afterburner since it cannot detect any devices. However I'll still go on with the task manager.


The RAM usage remains fairly steady while the CPU usage jumps around quite a bit.
As for the resolution trail decreasing the resolution did increase the fps by a total of 10.


I tested my temperatures using game booster and I got around 72C for my CPU and 38C for my hard disk when I was running the game.
Edited by Exploit - 7/29/13 at 8:50am
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If lowering resolution increased FPS by a considerable amount, then your GPU isn't powerful enough for the game.

Looks like it's time to purchase a real gaming rig.
 
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Fair enough, thanks to everyone who has helped lead to this conclusion. I'll consider building a custom made PC in the future however I have no current plans of doing so.
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